- Have you ever struggled to get along with someone? Without using names, share your experience. (Answers will vary, make sure to share your own experience.)
It’s hard to turn on the television, scroll through social media, or talk to someone and not see or hear SOME disagreement happening. Drama and conflict tend to play out in front of us everywhere we look. Not getting along with others can happen behind the computer screen, in our homes, or at school. On a bigger scale, in the past year, we’ve witnessed political division, violence against minorities, and international conflicts.
In the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine, one girl’s big brother protected her during an attack. Let’s watch to see what happened.
Play this quick clip for your students [0:37].
Big brother protecting his little sister’s life
This brother protected his little sister from harm during a potentially destructive attack. Although we don’t have the kinds of conflict happening in other parts of the world, we do face potential conflicts with people in our daily lives.
- Has anyone ever come to your defense during a conflict or argument? How did that make you feel? (Answers will vary.)
- If you see a disagreement getting ready to happen, what do you do? (Accept all reasonable answers without comment or criticism. Students may express walking away before saying something they might regret; letting an adult know; or even that they get pulled into the drama.)
- Do you think of yourself as a peacekeeper? Why or why not? (Answers will vary but might include: I’m the peacekeeper among my friends, I’m always helping everyone get along; No, I definitely start a lot of the fights in my home, I just can’t seem to help it, etc.)
Getting along with others can be tough. Not everyone thinks the way we do! Many times, this alone can be the cause of many of our arguments. “If only they thought the way I did, everything would be fine.” But, the truth is, we all think differently. Many of us approach life situations in a variety of ways. Learning how to peacefully coexist with others, even those we don’t agree with, is key.
In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn about two men, Abram and Lot, who were having these same issues. Arguments over land were happening among their people, yet because they were family, they wanted to keep peace. How did Abram and Lot handle these disagreements? Let’s find out.